Leicester City v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Leicester City v Newcastle United

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Sunday, April 14, 2019


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

With just two away wins all season, Newcastle look set to be in for a tough afternoon against the in-form hosts who are chasing their fifth successive win. Leicester City to be winning at HT/FT at 13/8 with Bet365 looks an enticing proposition given the current predicament of both sides. Newcastle’s best outcome may be to sit in for a draw – hedge your bets on the visitors achieving this with a +1 handicap, available at 5/2, again with Bet365.

It is the battle of two former Liverpool managers, as Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City take on Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United, kicking off the latest round of Premier League matches on Friday evening.

Newcastle still looking nervously down not up

After an indifferent spell of form, including just one win in their last five league games, Newcastle are still looking nervously at the teams below them, rather than pushing on into mid-table security. They will start this game seven points clear of the relegation zone, probably still one win safe from ensuring Premier League football next season.

With fellow strugglers Southampton and Brighton still to play, manager Rafa Benitez will be acutely aware that being at the wrong end of those ‘six pointers’ could quickly drag his side back into deeper relegation trouble. The potential safety net of a trip to relegated Fulham on the last day of the season offers some solace, as well as Cardiff City’s difficult run in involving several games against the current top six clubs.

Leicester finishing the season strongly

With four straight wins, new manager Brendan Rodgers has quickly got Leicester playing to the level many pundits felt they should have been at all season. Gone has the pragmatic and at times dull football endured under Claude Puel, replaced by a slick and more aggressive style of play that is a hallmark of Rodgers’ team.

Key to the recent upturn in fortune has been the form of the revitalized Jamie Vardy. The key forward endured a difficult relationship with former manager Claude Puel, at times even being relegated to the subs bench. New manager Rodgers has quickly identified the need to build his team around the prolific forward, and has been rewarded with six goals in the last five games from the former England international.

Leicester target league double

The two sides have already met back in September, where the Foxes cruised to a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park courtesy of a Jamie Vardy penalty and a second half strike from centre back Harry Maguire. That result at the time left Newcastle in the relegation zone with just two points from their opening seven league games, and pushed Leicester into exactly their current league position – seventh.

Leicester too hot to handle for visitors?

Given the current form and momentum of the two sides, it would be difficult to look beyond the home team making it five successive league wins as they hunt down seventh position. The form of on-loan midfielder Youri Tielemans in particular has caught the eye, with the young Belgian likely to be in demand come the end of the season. His link up play with Jamie Vardy combined with a resurgence in form from James Madison promises to make it a tough afternoon at the King Power Stadium for the visitors.

Punter's Pick

With just two away wins all season, Newcastle look set to be in for a tough afternoon against the in-form hosts who are chasing their fifth successive win. Leicester City to be winning at HT/FT at 13/8 with Bet365 looks an enticing proposition given the current predicament of both sides. Newcastle’s best outcome may be to sit in for a draw – hedge your bets on the visitors achieving this with a +1 handicap, available at 5/2, again with Bet365.

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